Are you thinking of buying whole beans to grind yourself or pre-ground coffee? If you are planning to buy whole coffee beans, chances are – you will need the right coffee grinder to get the job done. But why should you buy whole beans instead of the pre-ground coffee at the market?
Why should I opt for whole coffee beans instead of pre-ground coffee?
For one, whole coffee beans will provide freshness in your cup of joe. When the cells inside the coffee beans are exposed to the air, the beans will oxidize. As a result of the oxidization, about 60% of the aroma and flavor will be gone in 15 minutes. Therefore, whole coffee beans are usually the better choice. And yes, you do need to buy a coffee grinder but I promise you that the coffee taste between whole ground coffee beans and pre-ground will be a world of difference. Here are some things you’ll need to know abut the grinders for you to get started.
Burr grinder vs. blade grinder – which one should I choose?
There are two types of coffee grinders, which are burr grinder and blade grinder. In this section, we will cover the differences and some coffee grinder suggestions to purchase.
Burr grinders consists of two disks called burrs. The burrs funnel the coffee beans through the grinder. The grinder works by maintaining one of the disk stationary while the other disk rotates to break up the beans. As a result, this grinding method provides a more consistency with the coffee grounds produced.
Furthermore, burr grinders can adjust how far apart the burrs are, which makes it easy to adjust how coarse or fine you would like the grind of your beans to be. Below are some of our suggestions for burr grinders.
- Performance and Precision: The KRUPS GX550850 has 33% greater grinding range to provide precision grinding.
- Grind Settings: The KRUPS GX550850 has 12 different grind fineness settings (plus intermediary settings) for precise grinding.
- Quantity Setting: Set from 2 to 12 cups quantity selection settings with auto-stop to automatically grind the exact quantity you need.
- Capacity: You can store 8 ounce of whole coffee beans in the grinder and removable grounds container have the capacity to produce 30-32 cups of coffee.
- Easy to clean: Removable top burr with embedded cleaning brush for the effortless cleaning.
- Manual Grinder: The JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder is perfect for traveling on the road.
- Multiple Settings: There are 18 click settings in the JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder, which gives you precision control of the grind settings.
- Amazing quality: The JavaPresse manual Coffee Grinder uses patented ceramic combo burr so you can guarantee that it lasts.
- Limited time:Every Javapresse coffee grinder comes with an unique code to redeem a free bag of coffee ($21.99 value). Contact JavaPresse or purchase through Amazon for more information.
Blade grinders use one single propeller-style blade that spins to grind up the coffee beans. These grinders are a lot faster than burr grinders, and are cheaper as well. However, blade grinders do have drawbacks.
For one, blade grinders do not typically produce a consistent coffee ground grind and texture. These grounds are typically coarse and fine. This can be a problem, as inconsistency will lead to strange flavors within your coffee.
As always, remember that the finer grounds will typically lose that sweet coffee flavor faster than the coarse coffee grounds. Nevertheless, if you do insist on using this type of coffee grinder, below are some of our suggestions for blade grinders.
- Quiet: You can make coffee grinds without worrying about disturbing others in the house sleeping.
- Removable grinding chamber: The grinding chamber on the Hamilton each Fresh Grind removes for easy filling of whole beans. Once you’re done, you can remove the chamber for easy cleaning.
- Quantity: Make up to 12 cups of coffee with the Hamilton Beach Fresh Grind. You can grind up to 9 tablespoons of beans.
- Variable Settings: You can set the grind to coarse, medium, or fine.
- Cleaning System: The Chamber Maid Cleaning System sweeps chamber walls to reduce mess and waste
- Warranty: There’s a 1 year warranty after purchase with a Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Electric Coffee Grinder.
Which levels of grind should I use for the cup of coffee I am making? Depending on which coffee maker you use to make a cup of joe, there are different levels that you should consider. Here’s a chart to help you when you’re brewing coffee.
|Grind (Level)||Coffee Maker Recommendation|
|Extra Fine||Turkish Pot|
|Fine||Mokapot, espresso machine, AeroPress, coffee cupping|
|Fine-Medium||V60 Pour Over, Kalita Wave Pour Over, Bonavita Coffee Dripper|
|Medium||Vacuum pot, drip machines|
|Medium-Coarse||Chemex, Clever Dripper|
|Coarse||French Press, Percolator|
|Extra Coarse||Coldbrew, Cowboy Coffee|
Bottom Line About Coffee Grinder Selection
Although it is entirely up to you, I do recommend selecting a burr grinder if you choose to use whole bean coffee for you morning brew. Your coffee will taste smoother with better consistent grinds, and the rich coffee aroma will be uniform. Just be sure to use the right level of grind with whichever coffee maker you’re using.